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Sachiko M, Toshimaru Nakamura & Otomo Yoshihide - Good Morning Good Night
The ratings and reviews of this release on AOTY and RYM are some of the greatest examples of complete ignorance in the online music community. More info in review #2, harassment rant in #3.

First review (Apr 26, 2021):

What goes into the creation of a "perfect" album? I'd like to believe that it is nothing more than true passion and effort, though I know it is much more complex than that. A minimalistic approach, such as this one, always leave me with more questions than they ... read more

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Dewan Motihar Trio / Irène Schweizer Trio / Manfred Schoof / Barney Wilen - Jazz Meets India
Today marks the end of Daily Jazz Reviews, but the beginning of something new... Jazz Reviews Released On Random Days Or Whenever I Get The Motivation. Okay, that title might need a bit of work. More information can be found at the bottom of this review, but for now, enjoy!

I figured a good way to end this little series would be to review one of the albums that started it all. Although "The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady" was my first actual jazz album, it didn't click with me ... read more

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Mosaic
"Music will always move, because it can't become stagnant. If it becomes stagnant, it's like a river, it'll kill us all. It has to keep moving, music will always flow."
-Art Blakey

Here I am to review another Art Blakey record. I just can't get enough of this man, his drumming is so infectious. He holds such a presence in a recording, you always know that he is there. If you can turn on the title track and not be absorbed within the first 20 seconds, I commend you - but I also don't ... read more

John Coltrane - Giant Steps
“Over all, I think the main thing a musician would like to do is give a picture to the listener of the many wonderful things that he knows of and senses in the universe... that Is what I would like to do. I think that Is one of the greatest things you can do in life and we all try to do it in some way. The musician is through his music.”
-John Coltrane

The reason I start my reviews with quotes from the musician is to give the reader some insight into their mind, as with releases ... read more

Ornette Coleman - The Shape of Jazz To Come
"It was when I found out I could make mistakes that I knew I was on to something."
-Ornette Coleman

With an album title as bold as "The Shape of Jazz To Come" you would expect a very strong, influential, and unique sound - which is exactly what you will get. This album is often credited as being the first free jazz record, a genre title Coleman himself would come up with only a couple of years later with the 1961 release of "Free Jazz" (also an incredible album I ... read more

Lee Morgan - The Sidewinder
“There are no natural barriers. It's all music. It's either hip or it ain't.”
-Lee Morgan

Lee Morgan was a prodigy. By the age of 20 he was releasing his own records and had already performed in multiple classics, such as "Blue Train" by John Coltrane and "Moanin" by Art Blakey. He didn't just perform in these records though, he was one of the key components of them. He was a young mind with fresh ideas. In fact, when Benny Golson exited the Jazz Messengers, ... read more


Hi there, how do you draw the line between a great performance of an oeuvre and one that is sub-par, both in jazz and classical music?
also, coming to think about it, i don’t think I’ve ever intentionally listened to any pieces that Bach has made, classical music is still so new to me 😭

well actually that’s kind of a lie, ive heard a bit over halfway of pierre hantais “variations goldberg bwv 988” but I didn’t really think much of it at the time it was on.

either way, i need to fall deeper into the classical rabbithole! there’s so much music out there for me to get to, that I am confident that I will never fall out of love with music as an art form. It’s almost overwhelming how much I plan on getting into, but if anything that’s proof that im not getting bored of music anytime soon

nahh dw about responding late i totally get it :]
it’s funny that you say that ill find something that’ll blow me away more; since three days ago I found something that came REAL close, I mean top THREE close. i haven’t rated it yet since im in the middle of writing my first review in a while for it, but I think you might be surprised by what it is ;)

also yeah my history of jazz class is amazing. I love my professor! He recently got me interested in john cage. I try to talk to him as much as I can, it’s very fun sharing my dumb musical journey with someone who knows of so much more. Talking to him makes me feel as though I’ve only scratched the surface!

And congrats on getting through so major interpretations on bachs work! A lot of the goals that you have set for yourself amaze me to no end; the field recordings list, the daily jazz reviews, etc!! Seeing you do things like this is always inspiring to me y’know!?
Thank you, you are right I do find other music pitted against Bach in a rating scheme to be really unsatisfactory. It gives me more room to explore interpretation, and the open stylistic nature of his works.
Yes, I'm excited to hear more interpretations of it! It's a beautiful work of art.
Understandable for sure! Personally, which I prefer is somewhat dependent on genre and style, but with classical, generally I've found myself preferring pieces that incorporate more strings. I do definitely have my exceptions though!
I'll definitely try to get around to them! Are there any in particular that I should try, or would any artist's interpretations work?
Yeah, so am I! They definitely seem very important for helping that style garner more attention, and I heard they sold pretty well at the time, although I am ripping that from their bandcamp page, so who knows how factual any of that is. Anyways, I'm listening to the album right now! I'm about twenty minutes in and it's definitely very peaceful and tranquil. Might write a review if I have enough to say!
Yes, I've heard great things about both! I'll definitely try to, classical is a genre I love but struggle to find the time (and admittedly, on occasion, patience) for, but just about everything I've heard thus far has been great and enjoyable to some degree. Although I do imagine hearing various interpretations of the same piece could be rewarding and interesting to compare! As I mentioned previously, Matthäus-Passion is one that I'd love to hear more of.
I believe I did hear art of fugue on keyboard at one point, and it was certainly interesting, although I'm also curious how it would sound with some more string arrangements! I really love that stuff and tend to find that my favorite classical works are ones that lean heavier on string arrangements and/or choral performances. When put together, they sound heavenly to me.
Also (since it felt more convenient to put it up here), on the topic of the Syntonic Research vinyl, yes! I believe I found it in an antique store of some kind, they seemed to have a collection of older records, so I flipped through and that was one of the few that caught my eye. I'm yet to actually give it a full listen, as I couldn't find it online for quite some time, which is generally how I prefer to listen to albums for the first time. However, I just found the bandcamp link up on RYM, so I'll definitely get around to it much sooner! Maybe sometime today, who knows, depends on how wacky and crazy and insane and other adjective I'm feeling
Thank you, this is awesome! There's definitely a few here that I recognize to some degree - like Anner Bylsma and Rachel Podger, both of whom have records that I definitely need to check out, and I also want to explore some of the more interpretations Matthäus-Passion, so thank you for including some of those as well! I'm also very grateful that you included the instruments used for most of these pieces, and as a result of it, I'm definitely going to try and make time to check out both pieces linked below. The first because the violin is one of my favorite instruments, and the second because the flute is... also one of my favorites!

Thank you again :)
I hope this list serves helpful to others as well.


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